Via Sport Witness comes news from Italy that Napoli will try and sign David Ospina on a permanent basis this summer despite the fact he won’t play enough games to trigger and automatic purchase clause.

The Colombian will miss the final two Serie A games of the current campaign, and as reported earlier in the season, it’s a deliberate ploy on the part of the Italians to ensure they don’t have to meet the purchase requirement.

However, they do want to retain his services and will now reportedly try and do a deal with Arsenal over a permanent transfer.

Ospina has just 12 months left on his contract in North London, so the likelihood is he’s very close to the top of the list of players the club want to move on this summer, so it puts Napoli in a decent position to strike a bargain.

The 30 year old made 24 appearances this season under Carlo Ancelotti, just one shy of the 25 needed to activate the clause, and was on the bench for both Europa League games against his parent club.

Napoli need an experienced understudy to highly rated young keeper Alex Meret, and assuming Arsenal don’t dig their heels in too much over price, Ospina should be on his way this summer.

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Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Surely this must mean our transfer kitty has been massively increased!
Wait, it doesn’t?

Serpent
Serpent

As we sold SZ to Italy for a third of his value, I assume that Ospina will cost something in the vicinity of five or six pints and a bag of crisps…

Santori
Santori

Plus we may have use the money to invest in a GK (if Martinez is deemed not sufficient) so we may still end up net negative by a bag of crisp.

Santori
Santori

… and six pints

Richard
Richard

If there’s a mandatory purchase clause tied to appearances, it suggests a price has already been agreed. If they don’t play him deliberately not to activate that clause, we should stick to the agreed price and not let him go for a penny less.

Hantal
Hantal

Then we’d likely be stuck with him another season

TommyGun
TommyGun

Fine, we need another keeper and keeping him for a year may allow us to focus on strengthening elsewhere – defence for example. They don’t hold all the cards. They need a keeper, we have one they like, they should cough up.

Kwame Ampade Down
Kwame Ampade Down

He’s not very good though & we have been trying in vain to sell him for 2 years now so not as if we hold all the cards either.

locksley444
locksley444

He’s good enough to be a backup. I’d take him over emi Martinez provided we can get the latter a good loan.

Martin
Martin

We’ve seen him as a back up and he’s far from good enough.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Is he good enough to be a back up ? Personally I don’t believe he is. (& the fact that we couldn’t find anyone to buy him at a knock down price for the last 2 years suggests I’m right) There is zero point sending Martinez on loan again. He’s not a kid. It’s now or never……and if the alternative is bringing Ospina back, for me it has to be now.
Imagine Leno getting injured & Ospina as no.1 keeper for 3/4 months ? Nightmare stuff.

Patrik Machala
Patrik Machala

We need second goalkeeper anyway

Geefive
Geefive

Then you loan him to Roma or the such, and shove it right up Napoli’s shitter.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

It’s not like we ourselves haven’t tried to play the game when it comes to thresholds.

Suarez, £40,000,001 remember?

RedCurrant
RedCurrant

Not the best example. In the case of Suarez we MET the buyout clause. Here Napoli are trying to dodge it.

atom
atom

I really don’t get the whole thing over the Suarez clause. Liverpool’s owner has publicly admitted the clause existed, we triggered it (why would you just give extra money to LFC which is what you would be doing if you bid more than we did) and Henry simply told Suarez to sue LFC as they weren’t going to honor it.

The reality is Liverpool simply told Suarez he wasn’t going to Arsenal and either he could go to court or he could sign a new deal with a massive raise and hope the Barcelona or some top foreign club came in for him.

Hantal
Hantal

The clause wasn’t a buyout clause but a ‘wel seriously consider offers above this value’
Because we decided to be ridiculous about it they chose to consider it for only a second

locksley444
locksley444

That’s not how clauses are written. They’re written to trigger a buyout. If it’s as vague as ‘we’ll consider offers’ there’s no point in making that clause.

atom
atom

@hantal – Henry publicly said the clause was a buyout clause – he simply refused to honor it.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

It’s a really interesting case. Basically, Suarez had the clause in his contract on the condition that he couldn’t tell any clubs about it, in case somebody wanted to bid £50m for example. Us bidding £40m+1p basically showed that we knew about the clause, and that it was therefore invalid, according to Liverpool and they were prepared to take it to the courts, but Barcelona became interested in the meantime so we decided not to pursue it since Suarez no longer wanted to play for us

Rich
Rich

Can’t see us getting much more than £3-£4 million?

Man Manny
Man Manny

That would be decent; about the amount we got him for.

Archer
Archer

If only I had 3 to 4 million..

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Rich, we couldn’t get anyone to buy him for 3/4m two years ago when he was 28 with 3 years left on his contract. At 30, with one year left on his contract ? Whatever we get offered, just take it.

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

The first of many, Mustafi next please.

Santori
Santori

Next should be Elneny and Jenkinson forget Mustafi.

Can’t even sell these two.

Santori
Santori

At least Mustafi still has utility covering at Cback (if not at first choice maybe down the pecking order) plus at Rback (ahem…ahead of Jenkinson)

Terry Tarango
Terry Tarango

Had the pleasure of meeting Ospina at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny.

Santori
Santori

As I said there will be a number of departures :

1) Those leaving for free – Welbeck, Ramsey, Cech, Lichsteiner.

This should as is free up substantial wages (potentially 330K per week) to take us out of the (Mslintat/Raul ushered) Panic Loan era.

2) Potentially we should also release Koscielny. At 33yrs, he has substantial wear and tear issues accumulated over the years (as oppose to Monreal) and durability will be an issue.

3) Useless – Elneny and Jenkinson. Who will even buy them is an issue.

Elneny at least has some utility at this level but not enough for us. If we get a 5-10m offer we’d be lucky and should grab it. He isn’t useless for a mid table team or elsewhere in europe.

Jenkinson …even giving him away is a challenge.

4) Thereafter the 50-50s players potentially in shop window (IF) buyer is found

GK – Ospina/ Martinez. Not sure what the thinking is to back up Leno.

Clearly Ospina has a suitor in Napoli which will bring some money in so now the assessment if whether Martinez has enough to step up or we have to replace Cech from market (which means money in with Ospina pretty much goes back out)

CB – Mustafi or Chambers.

Assuming we bring in a new Cback + Holding/Sokratis.

We will need at minimum a fourth (plus Monreal)

Mavropanos IMO should be off on a strong loan to accelerate development.

Thereby who stays between the two above depends on if Chambers has appetite to challenge and size of offer for either player.

More likely Chambers will get a better offer on account of his local content. Either way, one should be retained. The other sold at most will reap in 15m (Chambers) is lucky.

Otherwise we will have to be creative and look for make weight with Mustafi bc who would buy him outright (with salary)?

CM – Ozil or Mhkitaryan.

This is potentially the big ticket item that can bring some money in but again, who would buy Ozil (even if we stand to save substantially on wages)

Italy IMO is the most likely destination but we will probably have to cut any sales fee for those teams to accommodate his wage package.

Mhkitaryan serves similar function as Ozil and the emerging Smith Rowe so if he gets a decent offer and we can’t find a buyer for Ozil, he may bring in say 12m?

Overall we’d be lucky to bring in 20-25m with player sales (us being Arsenal)

So CL (plus Europa prize money) and sponsorship renegotiation money becomes key factor for our spend this summer.

United won 40m quid some years back.

Some money will be available from sponsorship renegotiation deal.

Plus some from player sales. BUT money will also have to be kept for wage increases (although as mentioned we free some money up with player departures)

So overall lets say we will have between 60-80m quid to spend (IF we sell those players we have in shop window and if we make CL/win europa)

If not we are likely operating on a substantially lower budget say 40m.

At the top end figure, its just enough to add 3 quality additions (at CB, CM, RW) average at 25m a player. Just.

Add to that we may spend the odd 5m for youth/wild card players (particularly maybe a striker as in the mold of what we got for midfield in Guendouzi)

At the lower end, we have to re-adjust on the level of ready made quality we can bring in and have to find ‘gems’ (without of course a Technical director as yet in place and with other teams already in the hunt)

Hantal
Hantal

Copy paste

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Do we have to read the whole essay on each news item?

Gus Caesar
Gus Caesar

I know that others have said this above but we also need an experienced understudy now that Cech is leaving. Just Leno and Martinez strike me as a risky duo. I’m not Ospina’s biggest fan but there are worse back-ups to have than an international keeper.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

‘international keeper’….amazing how many times this is thrown out. Can you name another current Colombian keeper ? If there are no other decent keepers in Colombia, then ‘international keeper’ doesn’t actually mean much.

Giovani
Giovani

Ospina is a great shot stopper, and better than Cech with his feet
His only problem i guess is the crosses

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Of course we still have Matt Macey out on loan who is 6’7″. If he cannot catch a cross he should take up basketball!

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Decent shot stopper, not great. He has far more problems than just crosses.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

He is a decent keeper, with us loosing our current backup, I don’t see why we should let him go for peanuts. Keep him and accept loosing out on the 5 peanuts Napoli think they can steel him for.

Mpls
Mpls

5 peanuts is more than nothing. He’s only got 12 months left, so if we don’t sell now he leaves on a free, which is the mistake we’ve already made far too much of. Even just a few million opens up some FFP salary room for the squad.

Martinez as backup, or bring in someone else and sell him too. Either he’s ready now or he never will be.

Martin
Martin

It’s losing. He’s not a decent keeper. Completely error prone

ThaatArsenalGuy
ThaatArsenalGuy
Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

To be honest, I’m really not sure where this idea of teams needing two quality goalkeepers has come from. Martinez probably isn’t good enough for Arsenal, but he shouldn’t play barring some absolute miracle. I’d feel stronger with one excellent goalkeeper playing in every possible game than having to lose that excellent goalkeeper every cup game to keep a decent backup happy in the off-chance Leno suffers a million-to-one injury

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Problem is goalkeepers get injured much more frequently than a million to one!
Therefore you need a good back up. Then if the back up guy is any good he will want to play a few games i.e. the cup runs otherwise he will bugger off to a team where he is number one!

fenner
fenner

Come back and be a good backup. We don’t need to deal with shady clubs.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Because of Napoli’s cuntitude on this I would sell him to someone else if there’s an alternative bid made.